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December 12, 2008

6-year old Johanna Linson loves helping her family in the kitchen. In fact, for years, she has pretended to host her own cooking show; acting as the host and giving step by step instructions to her imagined audience. Dreams do come true. Johanna now has her own cooking show.

“Kids Can Cook” is an eight episode series presented by Laclede Gas and filmed in Laclede’s kitchen at its Shrewsbury District Office. The first episode, titled “Prehistoric Cooking,” is available through the On Demand feature of Charter Communications digital service starting December 15. Two more episodes, “Yummy After School Snacks” and “Party It Up,” will be available on December 29. It’s a show for kids and by kids, with local children preparing recipes and providing nutritional and safety information throughout each episode. In addition to airing on Charter, the episodes will also be viewable on in 2009.

Laclede’s kitchen has a long history. For over 30 years, early 1940s through the 1970s, the kitchen was used by Laclede Home Economists and local chefs for hosting a variety of culinary demonstrations. It was also the site of a cooking show that aired on KETC Channel 9. Today, the kitchen stage is used by professional organizations and St. Louis Community College to teach continuing education courses related to cooking. In anticipation of filming the episodes for “Kids Can Cook,” Laclede Gas Company worked with Thompson Price to remodel the kitchen with a new natural gas cook top, range and oven. In addition, a new dishwasher, refrigerator, counter tops, stainless steel sinks, ceramic tile floor, modern cabinets and a back splash were added.

Laclede Gas Company, a subsidiary of The Laclede Group (NYSE: LG), is the largest gas distribution company in Missouri, serving more than 630,000 natural gas customers in St. Louis and surrounding counties in Eastern Missouri.

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